ENCHANTING MYANMAR

Length

10 DAYS

Type of tour

CULTURE

Type of service

PRIVATE

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TRIP OVERVIEW

  Enchanting Myanmar is the ideal trip to visit the charming Burma in 10 days, from the famous Shwedangon Pagoda, the nation’s most sacred monument, to the beautiful temples of Bagan, the ancient capital.

A leisurely itinerary where cultural and historical visits balance each other for a fascinating and enjoyable travel experience.

Explore Inle Lake on a private boat to learn about the daily lifestyle of fishermen, craft workshops and the iconic ‘one-legged paddling‘ fishermen. Visit the impressive archaeological site of Indein and the Kakku Pagoda Complex with over 2400 stupas.

Visit Kalaw, the hill town popular during the British colonial period, set in an impressive natural landscape inhabited by ethnic minorities.

This suggested itinerary can be customised according to your travel needs as well as combined with other routes.

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Length : 10D 09N
From : YANGON
To :YANGON
Destinations : Yangon, Bagan, Kalaw, Lago Inle, Mandalay

ITINERARY

01. ARRIVE IN YANGON - CITY TOUR

Shwedagon Pagoda © Gabriele StoiaShwedagon Pagoda

Welcome meeting by our staff upon arrival in Yangon and transfer to the hotel.

Following this, we start our tour with a scenic walk among the magnificent colonial buildings and the new skyscrapers, a symbol of the recent economic progress of the country.

The day ends with the visit to the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred in Myanmar. The massive bell of the stupa is gold-plated while the very top is tipped with diamonds, rubies, sapphires and topazes. An absolute must-see and the best spot to start this enchanting trip to Myanmar

Included : Private pick up from them airport, tour guide, tickets, private transportation and hotel

02. YANGON CITY TOUR

Karaweik Barge © Gabriele Stoia - In Asia TravelKaraweik Barge

After breakfast we visit the Botataung Pagoda where one thousand military officers of the king were given the role as a guard of honour to guard the relics of the Buddha, transported from India more than 2000 years ago.

We stop at the famous Strand Hotel opened in 1901 and continue to the Bogyoke Aung San Market, or “Scott Market“, one of the largest bazaars in Yangon where over 2000 merchants sell clothes, precious stones, traditional handicrafts and souvenirs.

We continue to the Kandawgyi Park, from where we enjoy a stunning view of the Karaweik barge, the sumptuous palace built in the 70s on a royal barge.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

03. BAGAN

Htilo-Minlo TempleHtilo Minlo – Bagan

Early morning transfer to the airport for the domestic flight to Bagan, the ancient capital Arimaddanapura of the Pagan Kingdom between the 9th and 13th centuries.

Bagan was for many decades the centre of religious studies since the time of the Khmer Kingdom. Of the estimated 10,000 temples constructed, the remains of about 2,200 temples have survived over 700 years of history.

We visit the colourful and crowded local market: a unique opportunity to see the local folklore and to learn about the Burmese daily lifestyle. We carry on with the visit to the Shwezigon Pagoda, a prototype of the stupas later built in Myanmar, to get an insight into the rich historical heritage of Bagan’s archaeological complex.

Afterwards we visit the Wetkyi-In Gu-Byauk-Gyi temple, known for its wall paintings telling the story of the Jataka (previous births of Buddha), then on to the two-storey temple Htilo-Minlo, known for its plaster sculptures.

After lunch we continue to the Ananda temple, one of the greatest architectural masterpieces of Bagan, built in the early Mon-Myanmar style. 

Next, we go to the That-Byin-Nyu temple built in the 12th century and the tallest in Bagan, then to the Dhamma Yangy temple known for its unique brick construction and to the Gawdawpalin temple

We end the day with a romantic sunset from Nyaung The het Hill.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

04. BAGAN

Lady at Minnanthu village © Gabriele Stoia - In Asia TravelLady at Minnanthu village

After breakfast we head to the rural village of Minnanthu, one of the few places where you can observe the picking and processing of cotton. 

Next, we continue to the Laymyathnar monastic complex, the Phaya Thone Tzu temple and the Nandamannya temple, the latter being particularly famous for its mural depicting ‘The Temptation of Mara’ dating from the 13th century. 

In the afternoon we visit Manuha Temple, Nan-Paya Temple and Gu-Byauk-Kyi (Myinkaba) Temple, known for its Jataka murals depicting the previous lives of Buddha. 

We end the day with a slow cruise on the Irrawaddy River to enjoy the romantic sunset while observing the unique perspective of Bagan’s temples and villages on the shore.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

05. FLIGHT TO HEHO - KALAW

Kalaw landscapeKalaw

After breakfast transfer to the airport for the domestic flight to Heho.

On arrival drive to Kalaw (approx. 45 minutes), the hill station at 1320m altitude popular during the British colonial period. A place of peace and tranquillity. 

We visit the ancient and revered Pingamon Monastery and the famous Hnee Paya Bamboo Images Buddha, the statue of Buddha made some 500 years ago from lacquered bamboo. 

At the end we continue to the Christ the King Church, built in 1928 where missionary Father Angelo Meo worked for several decades. 

If you wish, it is possible to include a hike up the hill to Thein Taung Monastery to admire the excellent views.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

06. RED MOUNTAIN - INLE LAKE

Inle Lake © Gabriele StoiaInle Lake

In the morning we visit the Red Mountain vineyard to enjoy the amazing view and, for those who wish, taste the local wine.

Transfer to Nyaung Shwe pier to board on a private boat and we explore Inle Lake where we find ethnic and handicraft villages: a thrilling experience to see up close the iconic ‘one-legged paddling’ fishermen, farms, floating gardens and the islets in the lake.

We visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda which houses the 5 most revered images of Buddha in Shan state. 

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

07. INLE LAKE - INDEIN PAGODA COMPLEX

Indei Pagoda Complex © Gabriele Stoia - In Asia TravelIndein Pagoda Complex

After breakfast we continue the visit to the southern part of Inle Lake.

Afterwards we delve into the narrow canals of the lake, surrounded by a stunning natural environment and we head to a small village inhabited by the Pa O tribe.

From the village we continue along an old path that leads to a 13th century monastery and to the impressive ruins of the Indein Pagoda Complex, the astounding archaeological site housing hundreds of Buddhist Pagodas hidden under vegetation and dating back to the 14th-18th centuries. The main stupa, located on the top of the hill, offers a breath-taking view of the surrounding mountains.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

08. MANDALAY - AMARAPURA

U-Bein-bridge © Gabriele StoiaU Bein bridge

After breakfast transfer by domestic flight to Mandalay, former capital of Myanmar and the best place to appreciate the Burmese art and traditions.

We continue to Amarapura, the ‘city of immortality’, twice the capital of Myanmar in the 18th and 19th centuries, known today for its fine silk and cotton production. We visit the Bagaya Monastery, built with 276 wooden columns, to see the famous collection of Buddha images.

Next, we continue to the famous U-Bein Bridge over Lake Taungtaman. Built in 1850, its remarkable length of 1200 metres makes it the longest wooden bridge in the world. 

In the afternoon we continue our visit to the Mahamuni Pagoda, a major pilgrimage site, known for its revered images depicting the life of Buddha. We visit a craft workshop to learn about the ancient tradition of making ‘gold leaves‘ as an offering to Buddha statues. 

We continue to the Ku-Tho-Daw Pagoda – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – containing the world’s largest book in the form of 729 marble slabs on which are inscribed the Buddhist scriptures. We then visit the Shwe Nandaw Monastery or “Golden Palace Monastery” known for its teak carvings.

The day ends with an exciting sunset from Mandalay Hill.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

09. MINGUN - SAGAING - YANGON

Boat trip to Mingun © Gabriele Stoia - In Asia TravelBoat trip to Mingun

In the morning we travel aboard a private boat to Mingun, 12 km from Mandalay. 

We visit the Pon Daw Paya, Set Taw Ya Paya, the vaulted shrine housing a sacred footprint of the Buddha, the unfinished Mingun Pa Hto Taw Phaya Pagoda built with bricks, the famous Mingun Bell, weighing a considerable 90 tonnes, is the second largest bell in the world, and the Hsin Byu Me Phaya Pagoda. At the end we return to Mandalay. 

We continue to the Myatheintan Pagoda, considered to be the best representation of the Universe. We then proceed to Sagaing Hill, home to over 700 monasteries, and to the Kaungmudaw Pagoda.

In the late afternoon catch the domestic flight to Yangon.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

10. YANGON - DEPARTURE

Free time at disposal until the private transfer to Yangon airport in time for your departure.

Included : Hotel, breakfast and private transfer to the airport

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